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What are TeaCup Pigs? Price?
Pigs the size of a teacup? what will they think up next?
Teacup pig breeder Jane Croft
Teacup Pigs - latest pet craze
The Birth of Mini-Pigs
After a series of false pregnancies, farmer Chris Murray's Pennywell Miniature pigs have given birth to eight tiny piglets at his Pennywell Farm in Devon, England. The smallest pig is named Tetley, because he's not much bigger than a cup of tea. The breed was developed by Jane Croft, a British breeder.
At birth, the piglets weigh about 9 oz. and are the size of a teacup. They are full growth at the age of 2, they grow anywhere from 12 to 16 inches high and weigh around 65 pounds. They grow to the size of a small spaniel. They have a projected lifespan of 15-20 years. They are said to make great pets. They are clean and highly intelligent. They also just love to be loved.
Pigs are known to be highly intelligent and they beat dogs in animal IQ tests. They have also enjoyed surges in popularity as pets before. In the United
States, potbellied pigs were all the rage a generation ago. However, their popularity declined as their owners realized that they grew too large for their owners to care for them properly. Croft States:
Pigs are also clean because, you can litter-train them like a cat. You can
take them for walks,on a leash, like a dog. They are said to be
good for people who are allergic to dogs or cats, because they have hair instead of fur. However, they are very social animals and require a lot of attention.
Purchase Books About Potbellied and Miniature Pigs
Teacup Pigs do not come Cheap!
The piglets cost up to $1,100 each, and Croft sells them only in pairs and only to people she feels are qualified to keep them. In Great Britain, owners must be licensed to keep livestock because pigs are considered to be farm animals.She has very strict criteria for there potential owners:
- Will not sell to anyone who leaves them alone in the house.
- Owners must be home all the time
- Owners must have a garden
- They must have company at all times
- They are only sold in pairs
There is a very long waiting list in the UK. Moreover, it took Croft 9 years to breed these little cuties, and as far as I know, Pennywell Farm in the UK are the only ones breeding the true teacup pigs. However, here is the information that I have obtained thus far:
Pennywell Farm & Wildlife Centre
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